Sir James Dyson has launched an engineering college at his company’s site in Wiltshire to tackle the shortage of engineers.
The Dyson Institute uses an apprenticeship approach where students work on active projects at Dyson and are paid a salary as employees. It is also outside of the UCAS university system and does not follow university holidays. However, they will also earn a bachelor of engineering degree from the University of Warwick’s manufacturing centre and will not have to pay tuition fees.
Dyson has invested £25m in the Institute over the next three years, which will take 25 students next year. Dyson had tried to launch a design college in Bath in 2008 but that didn’t happen. Instead a £12m investment in a design department at Imperial College in London in 2015 now offers a masters Meng course.
“We are competing globally with Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore,” said Dyson. “It’s all the major technology nations and we have got to be better than them. The shortage of engineers is a problem in America and Europe and has started to become a problem in Japan.”
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